Tesco in Stornoway has donated an incredible 1,852 meals to local people in need thanks to Tesco’s surplus food redistribution programme.
The programme is called the Community Food Connection, and is in partnership with FareShare FoodCloud.
Stornoway Tesco’s contribution has helped the programme reach its first milestone of one million meals of surplus food donated by Tesco stores nationwide.
The programme was launched locally in July and has been working closely with food redistribution charity FareShare, and local charities and community groups.
Part of Tesco’s ongoing pledge to cut food waste, Community Food Connection links local charities and community groups to Tesco stores
via an innovative app that allows store teams to let local charities know there is unsold food available at the end of each day.
The unsold food is provided to the charities free of charge, and includes fresh produce, such as fruit, vegetables and bakery products. Chilled products like meat, dairy and ready meals are also offered.
To date 2,000 charities and community groups have signed up to the programme and the equivalent of one million meals of surplus food has been donated.
Rifka Chakkalakal, Community Food Programmes Manager at Tesco said: “We are delighted to see Stornoway contribute a fantastic 1,852 meals of surplus food to people in need.
Looking for more groups
“We believe that no food that could be eaten should go to waste, so we’re excited to continue to grow this initiative.
“That’s why we’re looking for even more charities andcommunity groups to come forward to register for the programme.
“If you serve food to people in need in your community – we want to hear from you!”
FareShare FoodCloud is the latest step in Tesco’s work with FareShare on the provision of surplus food.
The partnership spans three years and includes activities which make food available from the Tesco supply chain, distribution centres and dotcom centres as well as supporting FareShare and foodbank charity, The Trussell Trust with in-store donation initiatives including the Neighbourhood Food Collection.
Any charities or community groups in that are interested in joining the programme should visit www.fareshare.org.uk/fareshare-foodcloud